Karnataka Crisis: No Decision Till July 16

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The Supreme Court has decided to hear Karnataka rebel MLAs’ petition on Tuesday, July 16 however it asked Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar not to take any decision regarding the resignation or disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs till that day.

During the hearing, Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar told the Supreme Court on Friday that he was constitutionally bound to decide on the disqualification petitions before he takes a call on the resignation letters.

Abhishek Singhvi, who is representing Karnataka Speaker in the top court told a bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, “Two of the 10 MLA as had resigned after disqualification proceedings commenced. Eight sent resignations before disqualification proceedings but did not appear in person with resignation letter.”

Singhvi also emphasized that the law and constitution made it clear that the Speaker could not merely accept the resignations and had to ascertain if resignations were genuine.

“MLAs handed over a fresh letter yesterday. The meeting was video graphed, it shows the MLAs have admitted they never gave resignation personally to him, admitted never met him or sought any appointment to meet him,” he also added.

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